The European Automobile Manufacturer’s Association put out a press release yesterday that shows strong growth in what it calls “alternative-fuel vehicles” for the first quarter of 2017.

Sales of such vehicles were up by 37.6 percent to 212,945 in Europe, and that followed a mild gain near the end of last year.

The number of registrations for electrically chargeable vehicles was up almost 30 percent, with battery-electrics making up some of that at a 49 percent increase and “plug-in electrics” (plug-in hybrids) showing 13 percent gains.

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In the U.S., Bloomberg reports a sales gain of 49 percent for EVs over the same time frame.

Of course, when a segment of the market is as small as the alternative-fuel segment is, the numbers are a bit skewed. Germany, for example, shows a huge percentage increase year over year, but that’s because it went from just over 2,000 EVs to just over 5,000 – still a small total.

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Still, this could mean that consumers are taking EVs more and more seriously, and with new, cheaper models on the way that promise better ranges, there could be even more growth on the horizon.

From a European perspective, that’s a good thing – the continent is seeing about a quarter of its greenhouse gasses come from transportation, so growth in the plug-in vehicle category could alleviate that.